The lack of connectivity infrastructure in rural areas is still the main obstacle today for the development of digital agriculture, according to 61.4% of professionals in the area, says a survey by Embrapa, Sebrae and Inpe. The survey was conducted with more than 750 rural producers, companies and service providers, in all states plus the Federal District (DF).
BYD inaugurated in Campinas (SP) its first photovoltaic plant exclusively focused on research and development (R&D) in Brazil. With an investment of R$ 7 million ($1.2 mm) in equipment, the unit was built within the 4.0 industry concept. According to the company, the solar farm has a complete weather station and will have a capacity of 500 kW, which will be generated from a wide range of technologies in photovoltaic modules
Bradesco Asset Management (Bram) will create a ranking to identify the companies in its portfolio that invest the most according to the best environmental, social and governance practices (ESG). With R$ 520 billion ($94.5 bn) under management, Bradesco Asset Management has 260 companies within its investment funds.
Brazilian producers are expected to harvest 64.9 million hectares in the 2020, an increase of 2.6% compared to 2019. The data are from IBGE and the result represents more 1.7 million hectares in one year. Rice, corn and soy are the three main products of this group and, added together, represented 92.2% of the estimated production and accounted for 87.1% of the area to be harvested.
The entrepreneurs of Banco Maré (RJ) want to create a new stock exchange in the country, ending a long monopoly of B3, but with a different approach: social and environmental impact startups (ESG). The CEO of (bvm:)12 expects that it will start operating later this year and may attract around 150 thousand investors right at the beginning of operations.
The bioeconomy has been pointed out as a solution for the preservation of the Amazon Forest. An unprecedented study points out biogas as the best option for the region, as it is a fuel produced from organic matter. Biogas could compete perfectly with other sources in government energy auctions, and in the form of bio-methane could replace diesel imports, which would reduce emissions of polluting gases by 85%.
SPIC Brazil, announced a binding agreement to initially purchase 33% of the GNA I and GNA II projects, located in the Port of Açu, which add 3 GW in power generation capacity from liquefied natural gas (LNG). The total planned investment for the GNA gas and power complex is estimated at approximately $5 bn.
A survey by the Brazilian Association of Photovoltaic Solar Energy (ABSOLAR) shows that the sector has reversed more than R$ 9 billion ($1.6 bn) in the last eight years with taxes on equipment installed in distributed generation projects connected to the national electricity system. According to ABSOLAR, the source has already generated more than R$ 31 billion ($5.6 bn) in private investments in the country, creating about 180 thousand jobs.
Ibama rejected the application for a preliminary license to install the offshore wind farm Caucaia, in Ceará. The 598 MW project is a partnership between the Italian company Imprese and Sviluppo and the businessman Lucio Bonfim. The environmental impact study (EIA/Rima) was rejected and the preliminary license was denied for the second time, due to deficiencies in port solutions and impacts on the beach of the Ceará coast.
Bus manufacturer Marcopolo presents the Attivi Express, its new model of articulated urban bodywork dedicated to electric propulsion chassis. The model is part of the launch of the project of the first light vehicle on 100% electric in Brazil. The supply of the VLPs will be the responsibility of BYD, global leader in the manufacture and commercialisation of electric vehicles, which chose Marcopolo as a partner in the development of this pioneering model in Brazil.